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Olympic thoughts while trying to survive winter
By Mike Spellman
Feb 13, 2014 9:52 PM
The good and bad from the Olympics, plus some very random thoughts and more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.
Illinois can cheer on some local Olympians
Daily Herald Report
Feb 7, 2014 5:30 AM
Minus the 10 Blackhawks players on Olympic rosters, here's a look at the other Olympians on Team USA with Illinois connections.
Women ski jumpers thrilled at Olympic opportunities
By John Starks
Jan 26, 2014 6:11 PM
More than 60 skiers took part Sunday in the 109th annual Norge International Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove, but it was the nine women competitors who had extra motivation this year. For the first time, women ski jumpers will be competing for medals at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, something long overdue according to some of the competitors at this weekend's Norge event.
Ski jump competitors, fans flock to Fox River Grove
By Anna Marie Kukec
Jan 26, 2014 12:40 AM
Norge Ski Club's international ski jumping tournament kicked off at noon Saturday with junior jumpers on the smaller hills. Others from around the globe will also compete through Sunday for a chance to represent their respective divisions in Alaska. "Kids competing today also could be on the next official Olympic team," said Norge spokesman Charlie Sedivec.
Fox River Grove ski tournament takes flight this weekend
By Madhu Krishnamurthy
Jan 21, 2014 3:22 PM
With the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games just two weeks away, winter sports enthusiasts can get into the Olympic spirit at this weekend's 109th annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove. "You get a national Olympic sport right in your own backyard," said Gene Brown, the Norge Ski Club's corresponding secretary. "It can give people a taste of what the athletes have to go through."
Without Vonn, U.S. team needs to find top gear
Jan 9, 2014 2:04 PM
Going into Saturday's World Cup race in Austria, the U.S. women's Alpine team is looking for its first top-10 result of the season in downhill -- a sharp contrast to last year, when six American speed skiers reached the podium at least once.
Globe-trotting Lake County ER doc at home for Sochi Olympics
By Burt Constable
Jan 8, 2014 8:01 AM
When Dr. Timur Kouliev of Lake County leaves Monday for his job as a medical coordinator for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he'll be returning to a place where his family vacationed when he was growing up in Moscow. "I stayed with my family in Sochi when I was a child," remembers Kouliev, 36, who was born in Russia and took summer vacations to the resort city from his family home in Moscow. "We went to the beach."
US teen Shiffrin eyes yet another slalom record
Dec 28, 2013 10:49 AM
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28. Next up, she has a chance to end her magnificent year by setting yet another record in Sunday's final race of 2013.
Vonn optimistic about Sochi despite new setback
Dec 21, 2013 3:29 PM
Lindsey Vonn felt her injured right knee give way and for a moment it looked like her chances for another Olympic gold might be in jeopardy. Vonn had another scary run during the World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere, clutching her knee in pain after losing her balance and missing a gate on Saturday. But shortly afterward, she said no new damage had been done to the surgically repaired knee and her plans for the Sochi Olympics were still intact.
U.S. Ski Team: Vonn cleared for downhill training
Dec 3, 2013 8:28 PM
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta -- Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics. Now Vonn -- and the rest of the skiing world -- will wait to find out whether she'll actually be racing by the end of this week.
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